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Nov 10, 2012 4:00am PST
a budget that is pushing $250 million i continue to be told by city staff and vendors that we could save tens of millions of dollars and be more efficient if we manage our information technology. now i do hope that today's session is an opportunity to talk about good and creative ideas. one of the phenomena i have seen is frankly a lot of finger pointing at different departments and who is at fault, and i think it's important to think why we got to this place, but what is the road map that is going to change thins? i know there are some that hope if and when we hire a new cio will change things and i want to note we had four individuals in those positions in the last ten years and not much as changed. the structure of how we govern ourselves from a it standpoint has not changed significantly and i am eager to hear the presentation from the civil grand jury report and again i thank you for your due diligence and hard work and i look forward to the conversation. >> thank you supervisor chiu for those remarks and welcome back to version two or three of this year. i also want to thank t
Nov 10, 2012 5:00am PST
look at the budget city wide and north of $7 billion a year we spend on city services which is frankly a huge amount of money, so when you look at the percentage whether it's $150 million or $250 million depending which report you read from it -- >> by the way if i can make one note and we can't figure out that number is astonishing to me and i ask every year in the budget process and this report points to $250 million i think is more accurate and ongoing question to the mayor's office and the controller's office and how we get a handle of that. my apologies for interrupting. >> what do we want to do? do we want to save money? is that our goal in san francisco? i suggest to you and i am not embarrassed by the fact we're are the innovation city and it's a lot of money and i think we should be innovative with that money and don't you feel bad because you're government and always a lagger? i don't feel i am. i come from the private sector and i can be as innovative as others and granted i don't have certain challenges and i don't have shareholders breathing down my neck but i have ot
Nov 7, 2012 2:00pm PST
? not in technology. as a result the controller presented a city budget for technology of just under $200 million. through our interviews with technology leadership we were told that amount is under estimated by ten to 20% or more due to the differences of what to include. actual expenditures presented more difficult picture. some departments use non technology people to perform technology assignments and hiding the expenses outside of technology. actual cost of city wide projects are blurred as the examples shows. no one knows for sure how much is being spent, how much is being saved. without comprehensive information there is no way to evaluate the success of ict city wide consolidations. we found no analysis where cost savings would come from from department to department or any of the consolidations. isn't there a reason to evaluate them on an ongoing basis? for that focused data is needed. it's not done now. either is a data base for personnel city wide and match needs with talent and ability. we don't do that because we don't look at technology as important city wide service. we pr
Nov 5, 2012 9:30pm PST
for some of them, $80 a year. city college is spending 92 percent of their budget on staff when realistic budget is 85 percent. there's room for improvement there and city college can tighten its belt a little bit without coming back to the community which has borne multiple tax measures in the past. >> i thank you both for being here again. we hope this discussion was informative. for more information on this and other measures on this ballot please visit the san francisco league of women voters web site at remember early voting is available monday through friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm if you don't vote early, be sure to vote on november 6. hirtion i'm richard janning, board member of the league of women voters. i'm here to discuss proposition b, a ballot measure that will be before the voters on november 6. the city operates more than 200 parks, playgrounds, recreation facilities, open spaces and other public properties throughout san francisco. in 2007 an independent review revealed many parks and facilities were outdated and posed seismic and safety risks. proposition
Nov 14, 2012 9:30pm PST
>> and it is something that is born out through the city attorney's budget. >> okay. >> and no additional costs for the or your work or your time? >> there is some small administrative costs ta we need to prepare the administrative record in cases but it is not significant. >> okay. >> i just had a some what related question about litigation and wondering whether you know what the rate of affirm ans or denial is compared to other years? it seems that there is a lot of affirm anses and what you cited here but i don't know how that compared to prior years. if you know. >> i don't know. i am not sure what was tracked prior to the recent reports that i have been preparing. but, it does seem to me as well that the cases that are resolved. that there has been a positive out come for the board. >> thank you. >> now, no other comments from me. >> okay. >> other than wonderful job. >> thank you. >> yes. >> i would ask for public comment, but we have lost our public. >> do you want to say anything? >> have you read it victor? >> have you read it? >> don't put him on the spot. >> he did read it. >> he pro
Nov 19, 2012 2:00pm PST
of the city budget. recommendation 1 -- almost done, recommends that a high level task force meet and discuss these issues. the board says that this is not warranted because proposition c took care of all the problems. the jury answer is that the board's actuary took into account the impact of proposition c when the future city contribution was calculated. proposition c has to do with benefit reform and not with the fund's investment policies. the board says that as fiduciaries we should not consult others on decisions. our answer is that we are astonished and disappointed by this statement. in essence it is refusal by the board to be accountable to those whose money it is to the conduct of its investment program. as fiduciaries the board should parties. the board should conduct comparisons of investment strategies and consult with independent third party experts. the board should be transparent, making sure that all these parties are informed of the facts, the history and implications of decisions. the board is already delegating its authority by abdicating leadership power and responsibilit
Nov 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
an idea like this. we applaud that. it needs to happen. we proposed a consolidated city wide budget and staffing plans, and if my slides work correctly, you can read that what your administrative code requires. it's not necessarily what is presented. without comprehensive information there is no way to evaluate the success of ict city wide consolidations. we found no real analysis to point where cost savings come from department to department for the city for any of the consolidations. isn't there is a need -- didn't i just do this? we propose a consolidated city wide ict budget and staffing plans. we propose a survey of ict performance from departments that is updated periodically. we propose console daitd ict management asset system for these purposes. we propose a data base for personnel. maybe we have enough data but we're not collecting the right useful data. everyone agrees that hiring for technology needs to be improved. technology is a highly dynamic and ever changing field. no one can predict the five years of technology or what talent will be required. of your ce
Nov 3, 2012 7:00pm PDT
money being used? these are services that should already be in the city budget. we should not have to use bond money or extra taxes to pay for them. we are being asked to pay, we are being asked to pay tra taxes while tweeter receives a tax break. hidden in the tax break deal for twitter was also their own muni bus that went directly just to their location as well as a police substation in their area. those services are paid for with taxpayer money. tax payers are required to foot the bill for this, although twitter has enough money where it could also contribute something to the community for helping us provide those services in that area. in district five, i believe that there are three main areas that need a lot of attention but i would like to work on. we need affordable housing, not just low-income housing but affordable housing for people in san francisco with average incomes. we also need to improve muni and public transportation as well as improve public safety. with affordable housing, i would like to see us actually negotiate projects that build housing that is affordable
Nov 1, 2012 4:30pm PDT
budget cuts. i'm here with alyssa messer, an english teacher at city college of san francisco. she's the ppt of aft2121, the faculty union, and a proponent of proposition a. also joining us is starchild, a local activist with the libertarian party of san francisco and a former candidate for the san francisco school board. he's an opponent of the measure. thank you both for taking the time to be with us today. >> thank you. >> alyssa, i'd like to give you the opportunity it share the thoughts of your position. >> so proposition a is a temporary 8-year, $79 parcel tax on properties in san francisco. and that money would go directly to supporting city college of san francisco. city college is the largest work force training center in san francisco. we train students. we also help students learn english as a second language and then of course one of our primary missions is to help students, particularly low income and underserved students, move on to 4 year institutions. we serve nearly 100,000 students in san francisco and are a tremendous resource, we think, for san francisco. t
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Nov 18, 2012 9:00am EST
a very small part of the city budget. these people aren't going to be making decisions on where to buy their water and things like that. they're taking a small part of the budget and saying okay. voters, you decide what we should do withhis, if off community project. i think it's good experiment. i like the idea of people getting together and doing something. >> michael saying it's our money for goodness sakes. shouldn't we have more control over how is spent? >> first of all, we should give them much less of our money. that's number one. >> true. agreed. >> i agree with victoria. i think it would be far too chaotic. sort of like in football, everybody in the huddle trying call the play. you need one person to call it, the person who is elected to be in charge. if you don't like the job that person is doing, replace him and lookthere are council meetings, all sorts of meetings during the course of theonth where people can voice their opinion and speak directly to the local politicians. that's where i think this should be done. >> steve, i know we're representative government, i get tha
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Nov 17, 2012 8:00am PST
bankrupt city of ayaho, california decide to go let its taxpayers vote how to spend 30% of its budget. but victoria says this is a bad idea. this is a flip side. explain. >> i know. it's hard because truly we don't trust our politicians to do the right things 'cause they haven't done the right things in the past. however, i think that is their job. we should hold them accountable and there should be transparency. what we've seen in the state of california is really a grand experiment in voter democracy. it has failed. we have the highest tax rates in the nation and yet our school funding is bottom of the barrel and our schools rank bottom in the nation. so this kind of -- it doesn't work. you have to have accountability somewhere and it should be in our elected officials. >> rick used to live in california. now he lives in new york. is it because of this, rick? >> actually no. it's because of you, david. [ laughter ] >> right. >> i actually agree with victoria on the point that voter democracy has not paid off very well in california. but this is a bit difference. we're taking a very
Nov 7, 2012 2:30pm PST
of the consolidations. isn't there is a need -- didn't i just do this? we propose a consolidated city wide ict budget and staffing plans. we propose a survey of ict performance from departments that is updated periodically. we propose console daitd ict management asset system for these purposes. we propose a data base for personnel. maybe we have enough data but we're not collecting the right useful data. everyone agrees that hiring for technology needs to be improved. technology is a highly dynamic and ever changing field. no one can predict the five years of technology or what talent will be required. of your cell phone. the administrator requires a staffing plan. doesn't exist. there maybe hurdles to overcome but hiring as permanent exempt is better than the traditional civil service for technology. it reduces time to hire. it raises proakt of attracting top talent. it means hiring mistakes can be corrected easily. it's done elsewhere in the city. lawyers and our attorney departments do have at will status for the same reasons as we find with technology. isn't it worth the effort to m
Nov 26, 2012 12:00pm PST
's operating budget. the city council will vote on that tomorrow afternoon. . michelle being back to you. >>> a bay area family is among four killed in a crash near placerville. the chp said a prius and mini van collided. a man, woman and child died in the prius. highway patrol says the prius veered into oncoming traffic. it's not clear why. >>> 31 people died in california traffic accidents over the holiday weekend, 10 more than last year. 13 were not wearing seat belts. hear in the bay area, five deadly accidents killed a total of six people and there were 224 dui arrests over the holiday weekend. >>> a close call at southern california for a pilot from novato and his passenger. they were able to climb out of the wreckage of this small plane. plane flipped over during and emergency landing near cal state northridge campus. the faa is investigating. >>> san francisco general hospital is suing the l.a. dodgers over the beating of giants fan brian stow. stow suffered extensive brain trauma after two dodger fans attacked him outside dodger stadium last year. san francisco general is seekin
Nov 16, 2012 8:00pm PST
on budget. we did reduce, you may remember, when we looked at the budget for this year, we reduced the city work order to try to have it reflect more of what our actual expenditures were so the cushion that we have had has diminished and it is important to do what we can to try to monitor our expenses. i, did hear a few comments from vice president fung about the report. he had suggestions that one revision that needs to be made is that the dates that we have in the report for commissioner hurtado were reversed and it is not in the same order and i would like to make that rescission and suggested that we made a revision to the litigation session where we used the word victory. and i was going to suggest upheld and that might be better. i am up to the suggestions to improve the report or the work that you have done in that year. in reading this report, i did not appreciate vice president fung's edits and i agree with the to have the different word choice on victory, up held is fine with me. i think that the outstanding job to our director. for putting this together. and the work of victor a
Nov 9, 2012 9:00pm PST
. tomorrow at 12:30, the history of proposition 13. on thursday it 12:30, the city budget and regional calendar. now to our panelists and moderator. the first panelist is just gonna scorpio -- jessica scorpio of get around. it creates a marketplace for peer to peer car sharing. she completed the inaugural graduate studies at a new school that focuses on inspiring leaders to understand and fulfill [unintelligible] to adjust humanities' grand challenges. next is molly turner. joe could not make it. she is the director of public policy. next is leah of in market place where you could outsource small jobs and tasks. it is a pioneering service network, a concept she conceived and has evangelized. service networking describes the productive power of a web based social network community. since its founding in 2008, she has grown to more than 40 employees and has expanded to boston, chicago, los angeles, new york city, portland, san francisco, and seattle, with several more markets to come. under her leadership, it was named one of the next big things in tech by the wall street
Nov 10, 2012 5:30am PST
't know where that was in the budget. i believe there is city staff that could perform that function and ask them why don't they know where the phone lines are and i hope this gets better and i am happy to engage. >> thank you. anybody else want to speak on public comment on item two? seeing none public comment is closed. president chiu. >> i ask that we move forward the recommendations that i made. >> okay. we can do that without objection. >> again. thank you to everyone . >> >> welcome back everyone. welcome to the government audit and oversight committee. at this point madam clerk can you call item three and four. >> item three is a hearing and four is a resolution and to the investigation into the san francisco municipal transportation agency. >> thank you very much and back to the civil grand jury. thanks again. if you want to come up and we will hear item three. >> thank you very much supervisors. this time supervisor feral only about eight findings and recommendations. >> i made a good trade. >> yeah. and thanks for hearing about the san francisco municipal transport
Nov 19, 2012 1:30pm PST
capital seriously, because the cost of another catastrophic loss would be borne heavily by the city budget which is already straining to repay the fund's past losses. one result of the 2008-09 losses is that the san francisco pension fund is underfunded. it is currently valued at approximately 15 billion. but actuaries estimate the funding level needs to be over $18 billion to continue meeting retirees. assuming continuing investment gains and no more investment losses, the city, as employer, needs to take at least $2 billion from its treasury, from now until 2032 to make up for the 2008-09 underfunding. note from this chart, which i don't know if the camera can get that, but the actuarially projections presented to the board showed that if investment returns do not meet expected levels city payments will rise even more and continue to be high, until the year 2032. are more losses, the city would need to pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and still might not restore funding by 2032. one of the immediate drivers of high risk policies and practices is the assumed investment return.
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